The Druce-Portland case
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Published by Duckworth in London .
Written in English


  • Druce, Thomas Charles, -- d. 1864.,
  • Portland, William John Cavendish Bentinck-Scott, -- 5th duke of, -- 1800-1879.

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Edition Notes

Statementby Theodore Besterman.
ContributionsBesterman, Theodore, 1904-1976., London. Metropolitan Police Courts.
The Physical Object
Pagination308 p.
Number of Pages308
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL17960858M
LC Control Number36000846

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